Preakness Early Odds & PredictionsNoah Williams
With the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes quickly approaching, thoroughbred horse racing bettors need to know the answers to two huge questions.
What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2017
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Stream: NBC Sports Live
First, can the favored Always Dreaming bag the second leg of the annual Triple Crown and second, if he doesn’t, which horses are the most likely to pull off the upset? Thanks to this expert Preakness Stakes betting preview, you’re going to find out the answers to both questions.
The Preakness Stakes is slightly shorter than the Kentucky Derby at 1 and 3/16 miles and takes place on the third Saturday in May. Exaggerator won last year’s the No. 2 favorite behind Nyquist.
2017 Preakness Stakes Early Odds & Picks
|Horse||Current Preakness Odds|
|Lookin at Lee||+1500|
|Conquest Mo Money||+1600|
|Term of Art||N/A|
|Battle of Midway||+1500|
|Irish War Cry||+1000|
The Betting Favorite To Win The Preakness Stakes: Always Dreaming +105
Record: 4-0 in four starts
Last race: First in Kentucky Derby
Analysis: Always Dreaming has taken to the track four times this year and he’s won each and every time out, including the prestigious Kentucky Derby on May 6. The Todd Pletcher-trained thoroughbred looked completely dominant from about the midway point of the Derby and could put on another masterful performance on the shorter track at Pimlico, so clearly, he’s going to be very difficult to beat barring some really unforeseen circumstances.
The Smart Pick To Win The Preakness Stakes: Classic Empire +650
Record: 1-0-1 in three starts
Last race: Fourth in Kentucky Derby
Analysis: Classic Empire finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby as the No. 2 favorite behind Always Dreaming, but he did manage to win the Arkansas Derby in his previous race and finished third in the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes in February. Classic Empire also won four of the five races he competed in as a 2-year-old in 2016 so he’s about as elite as they get heading into the 2017 Preakness Stakes. T +650, Classic Empire is offering a stunning return for a mount that looks like one of the top two contenders in the Preakness.
The Sharp Pick To Win The Preakness Stakes: Lookin at Lee +1500
Record: 0-1-2 in three starts
Last race: Second in Kentucky Derby
Analysis: I have to admit, that of all the thoroughbreds that took the field for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, Lookin at Lee had my favorite ‘name’ of any thoroughbred in the field. Unfortunately, I foolishly failed to place a wager on Lookin at Lee and it cost me big time as he finished stunning second to Always Dreaming.
I know Lookin at Lee has been wildly inconsistent in finishing third in two races and sixth in another in his three races prior to the Kentucky Derby, but after seeing him blow away everyone but the winner in Kentucky, I think he’s got to be worth a wager and that many ‘sharps’ will agree. Besides, you know all about that old, ‘fool me once’ axiom. I like Lookin at Lee as a top three finisher at the very least, no matter what his odds are.
The Dark Horse Pick To Win The Preakness Stakes: Girvin +2000
Record: 2-1-0 in four starts
Last race: 13th in Kentucky Derby
Analysis: Girvin was my pick to upset the entire field at the Kentucky Derby and although he finished 13th, I believe that was mostly because of a crack in his hoof. Prior to the derby, Girvin won the Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby while finishing second at the Keith Gee Memorial Overnight Stakes. Maybe it’s me, but I like the value that Girvin is offering as a whopping +1500 pick to win the 2017 Preakness.